NEWBERRY – This year marks Newberry’s 125th year, or quasquicentennial year, of incorporation as a city. To celebrate the milestone, the City of Newberry has adopted the motto “125 years at Home,” announced Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe during the Jan. 13 City Commission meeting.

“Throughout the year we will commemorate the quasquicentennial by highlighting it in our local events such as the State of the City Address [which is the kick off to the quasquicentennial year], WestFest, the Watermelon Festival and the Fall Festival,” said Marlowe as a preliminary to reading the related proclamation.

“Whereas, in our 125 years, Newberry’s citizens have worked with dedication and resolve to build a community of farming and family values while adapting to the many changes that come with a growing city; and Whereas, Newberry has embraced new residents who are as diverse as the world is wide but are committed to making this community, our community, successful in every way; and Now, therefore I, Jordan Marlowe, Mayor of the City of Newberry, Florida, do hereby proclaim in commemoration of the 125th anniversary, 2020 as our Quasquicentennial Year!”

He said that the organizational group working to develop appropriate celebration activities is comprised of diverse Newberry interest groups and residents. Included are representatives from the Newberry Lions Club, Main Street Organization, Dudley Farms, the Watermelon Festival Committee, the Newberry Garden Club, Concerned Citizens of Newberry, the Newberry-Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, the City Commission and various City staff.

At the completion of Marlowe’s announcement, he presented Commissioner Matt Hersom with a copy of the full proclamation in recognition of Hersom’s chairmanship of the Quasquicentennial Committee.

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